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Media Advisory

Community Baby Shower Offers Education, Free Gifts to African American Moms

Thursday, June 21, 2012


The second annual West County African American Community Baby Shower will offer education about support services, workshops, food and gifts to African American mothers in Richmond's Iron Triangle and other West County neighborhoods. On-site child care is available and everyone will receive diapers bags and diapers. Raffles will be held for car seats and layettes. Everything is free!


The event is primarily for pregnant African American women and African American mothers of infants in West County, but all are welcome. Fathers and grandparents are encouraged to attend. The event is sponsored by Building Blocks for Kids Collaborative, the City of Richmond Parks and Recreation Department, and Contra Costa Health Services' African American Health Initiative. Representatives of more than a dozen other community agencies and programs will also be on hand to serve and educate families who attend.


The event will start at 10:30 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 23.


The West County African American Community Baby Shower will take place at the Nevin Community Center, 598 Nevin St. in Richmond.


African Americans suffer from disproportionately high rates of fetal and infant mortality, premature births and ill babies. The event organizers aim to educate and empower African American families in order to improve birth outcomes and children's health.

To find out more about how Contra Costa Health Services is promoting health equity and addressing health disparities in the county, visit

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Press Contact
  • Dr. Lynor Jackson-Marks
  • Contra Costa Health Services
  • 925-818-5360

  • Jennifer B. Lyle
  • Building Blocks for Kids Collaborative
  • 510-730-2250